The Cambridge Primary Care Unit (PCU) works to reduce the burden of ill health:

  • by identifying and targeting the behaviours that lead to chronic disease;
  • by improving early detection of illness;
  • by improving the delivery of health services in community settings;
  • and by teaching medical students, clinicians, researchers and educators.

We aim to deliver research and education at the highest international standards of excellence.

Our research is organised into five research themes: Behaviour and Health, Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes, Cancer, Health Services Research and End of Life Care.

The Primary Care Unit is based within the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge, one of Europe’s premier university departments of population health sciences.

The PCU has rejoined the NIHR School for Primary Care Research, which is a partnership between eight leading academic centres for primary care research in England.

Our Research

We aim to improve the health of the population through research conducted at three levels: clinical care in general practice, the organisation and delivery of healthcare, and improving health through changes to the wider environment.

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Education & Training

The Primary Care Research Unit offers academic posts for GPs as well as opportunities for PhD students.



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Symposiums & Talks

The Primary Care Unit host occasional events and seminars, currently we are administering one for social science research on theorising medical devices.

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Primary Care Unit News

February 2015 : Living with Breathlessness study in Canada

February 25, 2015

Living with Breathlessness study in Canada – The study was presented informally to 19 Canadian teams from the INSPIRED approaches…

Dr Stephen Barclay wins Pilkington Prize

February 18, 2015

Congratulations go to Dr Stephen Barclay, joint leader of the Palliative Care and End of Life group within the Primary Care…

Rachel Pechey of BHRU awarded three year Wellcome Trust Fellowship

February 5, 2015

Rachel Pechey of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit has just been awarded a prestigious three year research fellowship in Society…

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